Brown distances himself from AVN

In a public letter, Mr Brown pledged support for Greens senator Richard Di Natale in promoting vaccination, and clarified comments he made to parliament in 1997 that were used by the AVN to promote their cause.

Mr Brown said he was not consulted by the AVN before it used selected quotes he made to parliament.

He said he did not support the AVN’s campaign against public vaccination.

“It is true that in the 1990s I endorsed the right of true conscientious objectors against compulsory vaccination.

“However, my view then, as now, was that vaccination is in the interests of public health and should be promoted,” he said.

“My endorsement for conscientious objection does not extend to orchestrated campaigning against public vaccination, and I have grown